A few weeks ago I left Dubai from its infamous Terminal 2 to travel to Doha. The black sheep of Dubai International Airport, it turned out, was a fascinating cultural experience. Workers from around the globe often find themselves traipsing through this terminal to find economic opportunity in the United Arab Emirates.

One highlight at many airports in the Middle East was the food. Of course, not all of it was good. But chances are, you could nosh on more local and traditional fare as I did at the Terminal 2 food court. Hummus and stuffed grape leaves for a reasonable price? Bring it! The funny thing is that these vine leaves were probably the best that I had on this trip.

Not everyone wants deep fried meat or ice cream when they are about to board a plane. Middle Eastern and Ottoman cuisine would do well at most airports around the world. I wish more concessionaires would consider this healthier option.

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Hummus and grape leaves, the perfect pre-boarding snack

Hummus and grape leaves, the perfect pre-boarding snack

Read about how Dubai’s sustainability agenda must start with public health on Triple Pundit.

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.